Definition of imbibe in English:
verb[with object] formal or humorous
- But, whatever the reason, men no longer imbibe alcohol so freely, especially during the day, as they did a few years ago.
- The company claims that if you take this pill, you will need less alcohol to stay drunk, so will imbibe less.
- Research has found that children who imbibe soft drinks tend to consume more calories than those who don't.
- I wonder if young medics busy imbibing knowledge and collecting degrees will see some simple truths: There is a need for more doctors in Community Medicine; and we badly want good General Practitioners.
- The Mongols may have imbibed ideas about manoeuvre warfare from captive Chinese, but it is more likely they did it by instinct.
- When they went to summer camps, guards patrolled the perimeter and the inmates spent every waking moment imbibing the thoughts of the master.
- A permeable seed imbibes water readily when available, while an impermeable one does not take up water for days or longer.
- Until a seed imbibes water and begins to grow, weeders and cultivators have little effect.
- Seeds which had loose and damaged seed coats imbibed water very rapidly and were discarded during the first hour of imbibition.
- Seeds were imbibed in aerated water overnight and planted in pots filled with soil.
- When seeds are imbibed with water, the cells in the cotyledon tissues begin to expand quickly.
- Seeds were imbibed in water overnight and then sown on absorbent paper in plastic trays and allowed to germinate in the dark for 6 d at which stage the hypocotyls were harvested.
late Middle English (in the senses 'absorb or cause to absorb moisture' and 'take into solution'): from Latin imbibere, from in- 'in' + bibere 'to drink'.
beer from (Old English):
The ancestor of beer came from a Latin term used in monasteries. Classical Latin bibere ‘to drink’, is also behind beverage (Middle English), bibulous (late 17th century), and imbibe (Late Middle English). Although beer appears in Old English, it was not common before the 16th century, the usual word in earlier times being ale, which now refers to a drink made without hops. The late 16th-century proverb ‘Turkey, heresy, hops, and beer came into England all in one year’ reflects the difference. Ale continues to be applied to paler kinds of liquors for which the malt has not been roasted. Some areas still use beer and ale interchangeably. See also bib
- Example sentences
- The new magazine's managing editor promises information for both the seasoned wine drinker and the occasional imbiber.
- The site offers colourful graphics and specialty products such as T-shirts and glassware, as well as amusing quotations from some of absinthe's most famous imbibers.
- Cigar smokers and after-dinner imbibers reside next door in the even woodier Connoisseur Club.
- (chiefly Botany )Example sentences
- When cucumber seeds are placed in a horizontal position for germination, initiation of peg formation becomes visible on the concave side of the transition zone between 18 h and 24 h after imbibition.
- The authors suggested the existence of two distinct programmes operating after seed imbibition, one driving germination and the other driving reserve mobilization during early post-germinative growth.
- Thirty-five days after imbibition, the length of the longest adventitious root on each plant was recorded, and the porosity of selected adventitious roots was measured.
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